We’ve all heard the latest health advice: Avoid transfats. Eat more fruits and vegetables. You may notice those changes on grocery store shelves, but for many school children, their cafeteria lunch menus haven’t caught up. This year, an effort to get healthy foods to the school lunch table is tied up in a much larger debate — national farm policy.

What do you think should be in a school lunch? School lunch programs face major challenges. In addition to buying food, they must cover overhead and staffing. Often the products that bring most money come from vending machines.

What about demand? Should schools be responsible for changing the way kids eat, replacing the french fries with veggies? Tell us your thoughts by leaving a comment
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Listen to the “What’s For Lunch” Radio report on QUEST.

Post by Lauren Sommer who reports for QUEST and Radio News at KQED-FM.

  • Anonymous

    Hmm.
    This seems like an issue that might be addressed by a creative government subsidy or the like. American government must certainly see the need to feed it’s own children properly, right? Otherwise, why provide ‘food’ at all? Is it a state issue or a national one?

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